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DAFF reported an outbreak of AHS to the OIE - 11 July 2013

Four horses tested positive for AHS on RT-PCR in the Melkbostrand area in the AHS surveillance zone.

None of the horses showed any clinical signs of African horse sickness.

The RT-PCR measures Ct (cycle threshold) values.

The values recorded were indicative of small amounts of target nucleic acid – they were not in the range previously found in clinical cases of AHS.

It is suspected that because there is so little nucleic acid present, attempts at virus isolation have so far been unsuccessful.

There is no explanation for the positive results as there is no history of recent vaccination.

Today DAFF reported these cases as an outbreak of AHS to the OIE – see OIE Alert below.

You will be kept informed of future developments.

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THE AFRICAN HORSESICKNESS PERSPECTIVE.

Dr. L. A. Gouws BVSc (Pret)

From the outset I must make perfectly clear that I am not in the least anti-alternative therapy. On the contrary I regularly advise on and prescribe homeopathic remedies to my clients if they so prefer. I also do aqua-puncture on horses on a regular basis and the solution injected is purely homeopathic ( saline, Vit.B 12 and Traumeel). The South African Equine Veterinary Association of which I am a member has it’s own Alternative Medicine Group and I totally support their initiative.

Unfortunately over the past few years we have seen numerous websites spring up as well as advertisements in other media where the authors claim to have found a “miracle cure” for AHS. Some even claim that their products will cure all infections and even cancer. You can find useful things on the internet, free stuff on Gumtree and even some scientific-based advice about AHS, but these 'miracle cure' sites are to be avoided. Ridiculous unsubstantiated figures are quoted of horses that survived AHS by means of these miracle drugs where “conventional medicine has failed”. What is most disturbing is the dangerous and irresponsible misinformation that can be found in the promotional material for these products. Rightfully the Advertising Standards Authority of S.A. have managed to close down most of these websites for advertising unregistered products as stock remedies, making unsubstantiated claims, spreading dangerous information and misleading  the public. Common comments found on these websites and other promotional materials are the following:

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